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Category Archives: USC On the Road

October 12, 2018

Human Resources: How to Get in Touch with a USC Counselor

While applying to college requires students spend countless hours navigating university websites and inputting data in the Common App, it is still fundamentally a human process. While the bots might be up to all kinds of things these days, USC continues to employ a large group of humans to serve applicants as admission counselors. Responsible for everything from presenting at your high school to attending your transfer fair to reading your application, the people in our office are happy to meet you and help guide you through this process.

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August 30, 2018

International Admission at USC: Off to Europe!


My name is Nathan Mack and my role at USC is to serve as one of our International Admission Officers. The big picture of what I do is ensure that the university recruits (and enrolls) amazing, bright, and best fit students from one of the world’s most dynamic regions: the United Kingdom and Europe (including Turkey). I have always been interested in international education – through studying multiple languages as a high school student, majoring in Linguistics as an undergraduate, and traveling abroad as often as I can. It’s nice to come full circle and help students pursue their international dreams – I see a little of my high school self in students I work with.

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October 10, 2016

Top 5 Things Admission Counselors Do On The Road

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During the fall of each school year, I travel…a lot.  I wake up early, catch flights across the country, and search the Hertz parking lot for rental cars with backup cameras.  During this time, I’m hardly ever at my desk, I’m meeting tons of awesome students, and learning about the cool and exciting things students are doing.  But when I’m not on an airplane or at the rental car counter, here’s what I’m probably doing…

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September 20, 2016

A Day in the Life of an Admission Counselor: Recruiting Students in NYC

johnny_blogQuestion: Have you seen that movie, Admission with Tina Fey? Is your job really like that?

Yes, I’ve seen that movie. In fact, I watched it on a Virgin America flight a few years ago on my way to NYC for one of my recruitment trips (How meta is that?) Tina Fey plays an admission counselor from a highly selective university, and there’s a scene of her doing high school visits that made me giggle a little too hard in my aisle seat (ok, fine…it was a middle seat). Tina does several vocal warm-ups and psychs herself up before reciting the same exact presentation about her school several times a day. This week starts my first recruitment trip of the season in New York City, and I’ll be visiting four to five high schools a day to chat about the USC experience. Our applicant pool is large and diverse and my applicants’ understanding of USC and the college admission process will vary dramatically. Following are some of the places where you’ll find me meeting students this fall in the Big Apple!

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December 1, 2015

Hello from the other side….


Interviews…another part of the college application process. We’re currently finishing up our on-campus interviews through the end of November (Thanksgiving excluded.)   You might also see us conducting interviews in cities near you throughout the United States. At this point in the process, it’s possible you’ve already gone through a few college interviews, and I’m sure at the end you left with either feelings of success, disappointment, excitement or a variety of other adjectives that could describe the uncertainty that is an interview. Hopefully I can give you a little insight into what we are thinking during those 30 minutes. Our interviews generally last around 25 minutes and we as admission counselors, spend afternoons, from 1:30 pm until 4:30 pm, interviewing around five students. So, what’s actually going through our minds when we sit down across the table from you? Well, that largely depends on you…

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October 21, 2015

Come Discover USC!

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During my last visit to the Metro DC area I worked at one of our Discover USC programs. We host these programs for prospective students throughout the world so that students and families gain helpful information about USC and our application process. Although we would love for everyone to visit USC, we realize it’s just not feasible, so we try our best to bring a bit of USC to you!

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October 6, 2015

A Day in the Life: Visiting High Schools

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Hello world! As a new member of the blog team, I am so excited to share with you many of my day-to-day experiences as an Assistant Director of Admission at USC. When I talk to my friends and family about my job, they often ask questions like “what do you do on a daily basis?” or “do you have to work in the summer?” I’m hoping that through my monthly additions to this blog, you’ll get a better idea of what we do every day as admission counselors.

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March 29, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Spring Break Recap

Just a few weeks ago as Trojans were deep in the heart of midterm season, it appeared that spring break just could not arrive fast enough. As spring break is nearing its end, one simply cannot help but troll through an endless number of photos of how peers spent their spring breaks. From countless snap chats of students on an exotic vacation, on an alternative spring break, and working, one thing became clear: Trojans do not waste a second of their spring break. So, I sought out some amazing snaps and put together a photo stream of just how Trojans spent their time off.

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October 17, 2013

Table For One

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

         Currently, I am writing this blog sitting inside a Peet’s Coffee in Northern California. Table for one, headphones in ears, answering emails and logging down notes about my high school visits from earlier today. For the next week and a half, I will be living in hotel rooms and having meals by myself. Usually, there is time to explore the cities I visit so that’s nice. But most of the time, the road can be tiring so I spend most of my time resting as much as possible. It’s very easy to get sick on the road!
         For about two months of the year, thousands of admission representatives all over the country live this lifestyle. From the outside perspective, it seems very glamorous. In many ways, it is a very fun job.

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